Graduate News

Carly Rush received one of seven 2014-15 Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Graduate Student Fellowships. The fellowship is designed to support innovation and excellence in graduate student research and offers Carly a year of support to enable full-time work on her dissertation.

Blake Sisk successfully defended his dissertation, Playing Catch-Up: Legalization and the Labor Market Trajectories of Unauthorized Latin American Immigrants.

Carly Rush has been selected as one of the 2014 Fahs-Beck Scholar and will receive funding for her dissertation entitled “Outsiders Within: Cochlear Implants, Oralism, and the Deaf Community in the 21st Century.” For more information about the Fahs-Beck Fund, click here

Samuel Shaw successfully defended his dissertation, Off Center: Art Careers in Peripheral Place.

Kate Pride Brown gave an invited talk at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson, Mississippi titled “Saving the Sacred Sea: Environmental Activism around Lake Baikal.”

Whitney Laster received the Standford M. Lyman Dissertation Scholarship through the Mid-South Sociological Association.

Whitney Laster began the Robert Penn Warren Dissertation Fellow program in August, a wirting fellowship with the Robert Penn Warren Center for Humanities at Vanderbilt University.

Samantha Perez and Courtney Thomas were awarded a Robert Penn Warren Grant to lead a seminar titled, “Exploring Boundaries: Race and Ethnicity in the 21st Century United States.”

Katherine Everhart was selected to attend, with a full scholarship, the International Sociological Association’s Phd Laboratory in Sydney, Australia.

Kate Pride Brown returned from a 10-month fieldwork trip to Irkutsk, Russia, supported by a Fulbright Fellowship.

Quan Mai won the Marion T. Loftin Award with the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University  for Best Graduate Student Paper in 2013.

Erin Bergner was awarded a 2013 Summer Research Award from Vanderbilt’s University College of Arts and Science to complete data collection for her dissertation, “Organizing (Dis)Order: The Biomedical Boundaries of Intersexuality,” which she used to attend an international medical conference on intersex conditions in Glasgow, Scotland.

Bhumika Piya was selected to attend a summer course on environmental demography, as well as received a full scholarship for all expenses, at the University of Colorado Population Center in Boulder, Colorado.

Blake Sisk, PhD candidate in Sociology, received one of three Young Researcher awards in the 2012 BORDERS Awards in Immigration Research national competition.

Erin Rehel, PhD alumni, received one of two Board of Directors Scholarships for the 2011 American Men’s Studies Association conference. Erin’s paper, based on her dissertation research, is titled “Welfare States and Play Dates: Fatherhood and Masculinity in the New Economy.” She presented the paper at the AMSA conference in early April, 2011.

Ethel Mickey, a junior double-majoring in sociology and English, received honorable mention from the Southern Sociological Society in the competition for best undergraduate paper (the Odum Award). Ethel’s paper written in Soc. 212, is titled “The Effects of Mass Media on Interpersonal Trust: Newspaper, Television, and Internet,” and also earned the best student paper prize at the Tennessee Undergraduate Social Science Symposium held last fall at MTSU. Ethel will receive her award at the SSS annual meetings in Jacksonville in April, 2011.

Sarah Glynn and Dan Morrison, received the 2010-11 College of Arts and Science Social Science Dissertation Fellowship.

Blake Sisk, won a fellowship to the 2010 Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute in European Studies on International Migration held at the University of Minnesota.

Yang Gao, a fourth year PhD student, will hold a Social Science Dissertation Fellowship from the College of Arts & Science for 2009-10. The SSDF will support Yang’s research on how Chinese university students view, make sense of, and critique US televison shows.

In the past two academic years, six PhD students in sociology have held dissertation fellowships on campus: George Sanders (Warren Center for the Humanities, 2007-08),Heather Talley (Warren Center for the Humanities, 2007-08), Courtney Muse (SSDF, 2007-08), Harmony Newman (SSDF/VCNS, 2008-09), and Emily Tanner-Smith (SSDF, 2008-09).

Harmony Newman, one of our graduate students, was contacted (June, 2007) and quoted about the field of Social Sciences on MSN Encarta. Here is the link:

Melanie Kowalski , an undergraduate sociology major, has been awarded a 2006 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program (VUSRP) award. Under the supervision of Professor Jennifer Lena, she will work on a research project entitled, “Surrogate Consumers and the Production of Meaning: Press Kits and the Radio and Record Industries.” The VUSRP extends from June to August, 2006, and Melanie will be expected to participate in Fellows meetings, and present her research findings. Melanie and Professor Lena expect to produce a publishable article by the early Fall term. The award carries with it a $4,000 stipend.

Sophomore sociology major Ari Wisch coauthored a paper on Nashville immigrants with sociology professor Dan Cornfield that has been accepted for presentation at the 2006 convention of the American Sociological Association. The paper is entitled, “Settling In: Residential Strategies and Segregation Among African, Asian, Hispanic and Middle Eastern Immigrants in Nashville, Tennessee.”

Senior Star Wallin a double major in sociology and public policy studies, was selected to be a member of USA TODAY’s 2006 All-USA College Academic Team. In 2005, she was honored by being named a Truman Scholar (Harry S. Truman Foundation), a Udall Scholar (Morris K. Udall Foundation), and a winner in Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women Competition. Star also is a Vanderbilt Ingram Scholar and worked with Jane Goodall 2005 summer in Tanzania as a coordinator of a youth empowerment program.

Graduate student Teresa Terrell received a National Science Foundation Dissertation Grant for 2006-2007 for her research on “Community Participation in Neighborhood Organizations: An Investigation of Local Participation in Two Inner-City Neighborhoods.”

2005 VU graduate, Amy Beth Cooter , won first place in the 2005 sociology honorary society Alpha Kappa Delta’s national Undergraduate Student Paper Competition for her paper. The paper will be published in AKD’s journal, Sociological Inquiry. The award carries with it a $600 stipend and travel expenses to the 2005 annual convention of the American Sociological Association in Philadelphia.

Ranae Evenson won an Honorable Mention in the 2005 Graduate Student Paper Award competition of the Health Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems paper, “Co-Occurring Physical Health Problems and Psychiatric Disorders in the General Population.”

Graduate School 2005 Summer Research Fellowships from the College were won by Soma Chaudhuri, Lyndi Hewitt, and George Sanders.

Graduate student Steve Lee had been selected to be a Fellow the 2005 summer at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. Steve is also one of the Editors of the scholarly quarterly, Work and Occupations.

Graduate student Ashley Thompson had received a Dissertation Enhancement Grant from the Graduate School for 2005.

Julianne Johnston, as a junior and undergraduate sociology major, had her research paper accepted by the 2004 Honors Program of the American Sociological Association for presentation at the 99th ASA annual meetings in San Francisco.

Former graduate student Koji Ueno (Ph.D. 2004) and former graduate student Melissa Sloan (Ph.D. 2005) both won the 2004 Odum Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper from the Southern Sociological Society.

Former graduate student Melissa Sloan received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant from the National Science Foundation for 2004-2005. Melissa was also Deputy Editor of the scholarly quarterly, Work and Occupations.

A Graduate School Summer Research Award was won by Laurie Woods in 2004.

Graduate student Lyndi Hewitt had published an article with Professor Holly McCammon in the journal Mobilization. Their paper is titled, “Explaining Suffrage Mobilization: Balance, Neutralization, and Range in Collective Action Frames, 1892-1919.”

Former graduate student Melissa Sloan published an article in Work and Occupations, February, 2004, entitled, “The Effects of Occupational Characteristics on the Experience and Expression of Anger in the Workplace.”

Graduate student Ken Spring was recently interviewed on Bravo for a documentary called “More that Music: Songs.”


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